Online Acting Classes

 

We are thrilled to bring you a series of online training courses!

 

Meisner Technique     An Actor Prepares

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JOSHUA WATERSTONE is an award winning director, arts producer/administrator, actor, fight choreographer, educator and ensemble theatre maker who holds an MFA in Directing for Stage and Screen. Bay Area Ensemble Theaters that Joshua works with are Ragged Wing Ensemble and foolsFury Theatre Company. Joshua is Ensemble, Production and Education Manager of Ragged Wing Ensemble. As a teaching artist Joshua has worked with Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, California Shakespeare, San Francisco Youth Theatre, Shakespearience, LEAP and American Conservatory Theatre. Regionally Joshua has taught and directed professional and collegiate theatre in CA.,GA., NC., NE., IL.  Joshua is an Associate Member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers an Actor/Combatant and member of the Society of American Fight Directors and a 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher.

 

Advanced Acting     Shakespeare Webinar

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Neva Hutchinson headshotNeva Hutchinson is very excited to be on the teaching roster for Dragon Theatre. Most recently she was the instructor for courses Acting for Adults and Landing the Role. Neva has directed Shakespeare productions for over 14 years. She was a recipient of a Folger Shakespeare Library Scholarship, and loves to “speak the speech”. An Equity/Sag/Aftra actress, Neva has performed in over 60 theatrical productions. Her screen time has been spent with Francis Ford Coppola, Will Smith and Jon Voight. She recently appeared in a television Toyota commercial with Buster Posey as his dry cleaner. As an actor, Neva trained with Wynn Handman, Jean Shelton, Richard Seyd, and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. As a playwright, Neva’s a founder of Pear Slices at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View. Her work has appeared there and at the Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco. Please visit nevahutchinson.com for more information.

 

Improv for Everyone

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CORINNE KASON has worked on stage, television and movies in New York, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.  Her many credits include from touring in the National Company of Fiddler on the Roof, to a recurring role on Days Of Our Lives for 2 1/2 years; her latest on the Netflix series Sense8.  Corinne became interested in Improv through a friend who belonged to a successful Improv group called War Babies that had great success in NYC and eventually it’s own TV variety show.  After joining the group in it’s workouts, she began teaching Improv for the Screen Actor’s Guild Conservatory to other actors as well as performing with the Improv Group – Social Insecurity.  Since moving back to the Bay Area she has taught at SAG’s San Francisco Conservatory, Notre Dame de Namur night school, San Carlos Charter Learning Center and currently at the Dragon Theatre.

 

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Meisner Technique

Fridays, May 1 – June 19
(8-week course)
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Prorated Tuition: $185

 

 

Meisner defines acting as “Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances”.  Learn action and reaction, the pinch and the ouch, and other techniques to connect an actor with the present moment on camera and onstage. This is an acting technique which can thrive in the webcam online environment and while learning and practicing remotely we will be focused on being present and “working off” each other. We will apply the technique to text by the end of the course. This quote by Agnes De Mille is a good sum up of our concentration in the class “Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what, next or how. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” 

We are in the process of scheduling another session of this course.

 

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An Actor Prepares

Saturdays, May 16 – June 20
(6-week course)
10:00 – 11:30 am
Tuition: $170

 

Explore how to both embody and attune to the psychology of a character in creating a role. This work cultivates physical awareness, a sense of play, and the courage to take risks! We will use improvisation, Stanislavski acting technique, script analysis and training of the tools of the actor: Body, Voice, imagination and Emotions. The course culminates in a virtual show and share. Whether you are new to acting or a seasoned performer, this is a safe place to explore and create!

We are in the process of scheduling another session of this course.

 

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Advanced Acting

Tuesdays, June 30 – August 4
(6-week course)
7:00 – 8:30
Tuition: $175

The Advanced Acting course is for experienced actors, or for those who have previously studied with Neva. Students will apply techniques to scene work before performing for an invited virtual audience in the final class.

June 30: Students learn techniques for sliding into the scene with simple methods.

July 7: Prior preparation is key:  How to begin work on the scene.

July 14: Analyzing a script. Students will learn how to break a script down into learnable moments.

July 21: Memorizing a script: 2 simple techniques.

July 28: The use of props and what they tell us.

August 4: Rehearsal for a presentation.

REGISTER NOW!

 

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Shakespeare Webinar: 1595 Plague & A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Sunday
July 12
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Tuition: $25

Dragon Theatre’s new Shakespeare Webinars is kicking off with a modern parallel – the 1595 Plague and how it relates to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. During the first 20-minutes of the session we’ll explore the ins and outs of the plague in England and how it affected his works. The remaining portion of the session will be a group discussion and a time to get your Shakespearian questions answered!

REGISTER NOW!

 

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Improv for Everyone

Tuesday Nights
May 19 – June 23
6:30 – 8:00 pm (PT)
Tuition: $150

 

Our very popular Improv for Everyone course is back! Games are designed for everyone’s enjoyment and growth. Many techies, doctors, lawyers, couples, and homemakers find this class refreshing and fun and a way to unleash their creative talents and become more open and communicative.

Come give Improv a try!

This course welcomes everyone: those new to Improv, seasoned improvisers, actors who want to try this genre of theater, and all those in between who just want to have fun. 

We are in the process of scheduling another session of this course.